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    First timer, first pool, first week.

    Ok. ill try this again.


    I dont get any suction on my skimmer, not sure whan im doing wrong, if i stuck a tennis ball on the back hole ( 2 hole skimmer) and pull if out when turning the pump on, i get suction, but only if i do that. what seems to be the problem here?

    any tips would help.


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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    PF, I saw your earlier post: No suction from skimmer, perfect suction from main drain.. Are you saying that those replies didn't help you? You can also read this page: Why are there two holes at the bottom of my skimmer?. Or this one: Two holes in skimmer , one works and not sure about the other.

    For lack of suction specifically, can you tell us if your "pump basket" (located just before the pump) is full of water? IS it pulling ANY water at all from the pool skimmer and/or main drain?
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    do you have a valve in front of your pump to switch between the skimmer and main drain? is it turned to mostly be on the main drain and you are just getting very little suction in the skimmer because of this?? a tiny little bit of suction would be enough to hold the tennis ball, but not really skim. pictures would help
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    OMG, guys . Let me first start by saying sorry, but the forum showed 0 answer for the first post. that said. let me continue on this one. (my bad guys).

    When trying to check with the skimmer i totally shut the main drain in order to have "full power?" in the skimmer. it just, never really starts, only if i force it with the tennis ball. if i do that and then pull it off right away it will start working perfectly (like really pulling watter from the pool etc. )
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    odd, sounds like you have an issue priming your pump? does your pump have a lot of air in the pre-filter viewing area?
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    No, i dont see any bubbles on it and the return holes (sorry, dont know their name) they dont make bubbles in the water. Not sure if theres somewhere else i should look. And as i said, if i force it with the tennis ball it will start sucking water like a champ. maybe its a problem with the skimmer valve? i read something online about it. not sure where to exactly verify.
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    Is the pump basket holding prime over night?
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    So, to be clear:
    - No air bubbles in the pump basket that has the clear lid (FULL of water)
    - Return jets have no air bubbles going back to the pool

    If those two things are true, then you must be pulling water from somewhere to keep the pump full (primed); maybe most of the water is being pulled from your main drain?
    - Do you have any valves just before the pump basket and before the pump? Can you post a picture of that pump area?
    - Does your skimmer have the weir in-place? It's that flap at the opening of the skimmer that allows water to enter.
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    Hey guys, was out of time working for a few days , but im back and got some pics to show you. see if you notice something odd here.

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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    If those two things are true, then you must be pulling water from somewhere to keep the pump full (primed); maybe most of the water is being pulled from your main drain?

    Yes, pump is only pulling water from the main drain. the skimmer is the one i cant get to work.
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    I'm honestly still stumped on your issue. Here's what I can tell from your thread:
    - Skimmer only pulls water if you plug one hole with a tennis ball then pull it off
    - Skimmer basket is full of water since it pulls water from the main drain
    - No air under clear basket lid or return jets

    The only thing that seems remotely practical would be:
    - A valve before the pump basket that allows you to adjust water flow from main drain and skimmer
    - Maybe something got sucked into your skimmer line effecting flow?

    Maybe confirm those two things for us as well?
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    Well,

    Main drain and skimmer are plumb separately (can this be the issue? )

    As of today i can see some champagne kind of bubbles coming out from the return jets.
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    Separate lines for skimmer and drain make sense, but they still join or merge just before the skimmer basket correct? I didn't see a pic of your plumbing before the pump and pump basket. That might help some viewers.
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    Re: First timer, first pool, first week.

    So they merge right before the pump basket (dont know if thats how you call it)

    merge.jpg

    And this is the distance between the skimmer and that merge.

    distance.jpg
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